Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Released - Your Thoughts ?

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 6, 2008
Updated • Dec 9, 2012
Internet Explorer

Microsoft released the first public beta of their upcoming flagship browser Internet Explorer 8 to the public and I would like to use this article - and the comments - to get some opinions about it. I know that a lot of you must have installed the new browser by now and surely must have something to say about this first version.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 both in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit homepage lists several of the new features of the new browser, amongst them an improved phishing filter, automatic crash recovery and two features called Activities and Web Slices that require some further explanation.

Activities are context related services that can be accessed by right-clicking on the website. They offer basically the same features that multiple Firefox add-ons offer, like looking up a definition of a term, digging a url or translating a sentence.

Web Slices are little applications that behave like feeds and can be added to a Internet Explorer 8 toolbar. You could for instance display the  weather conditions of your hometown there.

Internet Explorer has some exciting new features build in during first start. It is now possible to import bookmarks from Firefox and or Opera and a scan is performed to check which Firefox add-ons are installed with the option to visit the Windows Marketplace to find similar extensions for Internet Explorer. That search however has to be improved because my results list had more than 9000 entries lots of them unrelated to the add-ons that I had installed.

I think that many users will welcome those new usability functions in Internet Explorer. Web Slices could be interesting in some occasions, not only for weather conditions but also for stock market information or  even the daily meal in the cantina.

Oh, and Ghacks is rendering fine. The Download Squad did not have that much luck.


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  1. Ajay said on March 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    My sites rendered fine. I guess as long as your coding with valid standards it is not a problem.
    Also, the Emulate IE7 allows to browse the web just as if you were using IE7.

    The loading time is faster. I did notice a few crashes, but I guess that is because it is still in beta.

  2. Christopher said on March 8, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Excuse me? I came looking for how to get a weather webslice, and you tell me to get firefox? I have linux, and because other computers have IE6, I use fire fox for everything except windows.
    Anyway, anybody know how to get a weather webslice?

  3. Snuffy said on March 7, 2008 at 4:50 am

    1st, I have tested it, I have also uninstalled it, and have post on several forums and blogs for others to know how to uninstall. It failed on many sites to render, some it rendered to almost readable, others it failed to do more than give me a blank screen, (my MSN home page for one). Beta testing since Pre-win95, IMHO IE8 is not even ready for A1 let along being called Beta. My ISP is slow, but IE8 took me back to pre 56k modem days. system has AMD 4600+ X64 CPU & 3GB ram

  4. kevin said on March 6, 2008 at 10:23 am

    no problems so far. fairly fast. not much of a new interface. Runs quite well. will post more after more use.

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